About | Kern Creative Design

We help brands make noise with visually stimulating design and smart marketing tactics.

Every brand needs an extra boost to help it stand out from its competitors. Kern Creative Design produces thoughtful, quality design, illustration and web service to enhance your brand, improve your image and help increase your sales.

All the print and digital design services you need.

  • Project Management
  • Art Direction
  • Brand management
  • Graphic Design
  • Collateral
  • Tradeshow Design
  • POP/Outdoor
  • Website Design
  • Website Development
  • Illustration
  • Video Design
  • 2D Motion Graphics
  • 3D Motion Graphics
  • Video Editing
  • Social Media
  • App Design
  • Dimensional Design
  • Vendor Management
  • Education/Teaching
  • Mentoring

Russ Kern - Owner/Creative Director

Russ Kern has over 32 years of experience in marketing and advertising. He owns his own business, teaches at both the University of Akron and Malone University, and is an equity partner with 2 small startups.

After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Akron in 1991, Russ began working for small graphic design shops. In 1992 he accepted a Graphic Designer position at Brubaker Design Group/Brubaker & Associates. In 1994 he moved to ST&P Marketing Communications in Fairlawn and remained there for 27 years—acting as Creative Director for his last 12. 

Russ made his career by being versatile, always welcoming opportunities to learn new things, and never being afraid to dive into the unknown. He lives by the motto “the best way to get anything done is just to dig in and do it.” And, with that mindset, was able to establish and run his own graphic design studio—Kern Creative Design Associates—providing graphic design, illustration, animation (2D/3D), and web design and development for local businesses and agencies.

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What others have to say

Russ is one of the most talented, imaginative, intelligent, hard-working creatives I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

Maria Drutel - Maria Drutel Creative, LLC

Although he is not, it feels like Russ is a member of the KELTEC team with his knowledge of our processes & staff... I believe we were lucky to be able to work with such a talented & patient designer

Ed Kaiser - KELTEC Technolab

We Keep some pretty good company.

Macedonia Importers dot com
Don Weimer Photography
The Romano Law Firm
DLR Group
Kiwanis Foundation of Downtown Akron
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church